Black Holes and Revelations

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2006 Ratings: #174 / 715
User Score
2006 Ratings: #101
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

It may have taken four albums for Americans to get with the program, but with Black Holes and Revelations, the whole world should be watching.

100
Alternative Press

Revelations is Muse’s best work yet primarily because of the fluid balance it keeps between excess and restraint: For every dizzying crescendo, there’s a delicate, serene come-down.

90
Drowned in Sound

Muse have made the finest album of their career to date, perhaps the most wonderfully rewarding long-player they’ll ever pen, an album that is as ambitious as it is combustive, as bamboozlingly bombastic as it is gracefully seductive.

90
Gigwise

A fantastic progression from a band that are constantly evolving into bigger and better things.

90
DIY
‘Black Holes And Revelations’ may garner criticism from quarters who just want a bit of rock-action style noise to their piano riffs, but it’s clear proof that Muse have matured, tamed their operatic aspirations, widened their electronic horizons, and created an impossibly huge fourth studio album in the process.
83
Entertainment Weekly

Corny and bombastic, their latest, Black Holes and Revelations, is also ambitious, impeccably built, and apt to induce fits of uncontrolled fist pumping. If prog is indeed the new punk, these guys are its Green Day.

80
God Is in the TV

Black Holes and Revelations might not be the album of their career, but it still has its fair share of classic Muse tracks.

80
musicOMH

The band’s fourth record somehow is even bigger than its predecessor Absolution – a monstrously grandiose, ridiculously gargantuan and stunningly inventive work from start to end.

42
Pitchfork
This is the band's most autopiloted effort yet, a hacked-up last-gen rehash of said space jams, only now with greater emphasis on glitz and glam. Somehow Muse, always loveably lame, have managed to take a turn for the lamer.
40
Coke Machine Glow
Unfortunately, it seems the group is more interested in refining, rather than re-defining, their craft, whose torpid mechanics bear no mystery, no guts behind all that glamour.
33
A.V. Club
It's a prog-rock nightmare: pretentious, cacophonous, and thoroughly old-world.
PipePanic
100

(Band Binge: Muse Part Four of Six)

Yep, it's their best album. It's not my favorite album, but it's their best.

I think Muse play it best when they are shooting for the stars. Hell, the band is known for, at times creating weird, oddball experiments, combining more poppy or unexpected Influences in amoungst the more heavy and distorted elements of their sound, and other times completely annihalating your ears with huge riffs or subtle acoustics. And this album? It's no exception.

Having ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
90

Examining: Muse
Part 4 - Black Holes & Revelations

Picking up from our last episode, Muse finally hit the big leagues with “Absolution”, and, naturally, in 2004 the band further promoted the album with the year long, international “Absolution” tour. The time spent touring laid the foundation for Muse’s current status as one of the best modern live bands and saw the band performing some of their biggest gigs to date up to that point. Shows were regularly ... read more

Nightwing734
80

Like Ride The Lightning, this is a really special album for me. I heard this album so many times yet I never really get tired of it, it has my favorite Muse songs on it like ''Map Of The Problematique'' and ''Glorious'' (even though that's a bonus track), and it's just really enjoyable overall.

I also saw Muse live in 2019 and it was spectacular, they played 5 songs from this album including ''Knights Of Cydonia'' as the final song as they do with every show. It's an experience I won't ever ... read more

Zakdavis
80

Another good album from Muse. Shame they can't make stuff like this nowadays.

julnen
91

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90

This sounds like dad rock for hipsters. Can't say I dislike this at all though, quite the opposite actually, I actually really like this!

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Track List

1Take a Bow
4:35
87
2Starlight
3:59
90
3Supermassive Black Hole
3:28
88
4Map of the Problematique
4:18
94
5Soldier's Poem
2:03
78
6Invincible
4:59
81
7Assassin
3:30
88
8Exo-Politics
3:52
84
9City of Delusion
4:48
89
10Hoodoo
3:43
81
11Knights of Cydonia
6:08
96
Total Length: 45 minutes

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